Unde Malum: Deciphering the Roles Of Radical Evil within the Pentecostal Theo-Social Imaginary

Ryan Kelly


Addressing the nature of radical evil is important to a theological approach to understanding culture. This study uses theological and philosophical studies of radical evil to highlight important areas of discourse within Pentecostalism. A case study of the faith community of Philadelphia Holy Pentecostal Church (a pseudonym) provides the means of doing an in-depth analysis of the roles of radical evil in Pentecostal worship and theo-social imaginary. Further, this study suggests that the Pentecostal service constitutes a kind of liturgy, and concludes that the expressive nature of worship in Pentecostalism is part of the reason for its inter-ethnic, cross-class, and international success.


radical evil; Pentecostalism; worship; liturgy; Christianity; anthropology

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/okh.v2i1.23


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